McCarty Holsaple McCarty was awarded the task of renovating and restoring the Historic Tennessee Theatre, the official state theatre of Tennessee, in downtown Knoxville. Originally built in 1928 as a movie palace, the Tennessee Theatre was restored and converted into a regional performing arts center.
MHM was the architect of record for the project and built a team of nationally recognized consultants in performing arts design. One of the key consultants on the team was van Dijk, Westlake, Reed and Leskosky of Cleveland, Ohio, a well renowned theatrical design architect.
The MHM team was responsible for every aspect of the $20,000,000 project from programming through construction administration. The Tennessee Theatre was fully restored on time in January 2005.
One significant aspect of the project focused on expanding the stage house. The greatly enlarged stage house allows for Broadway-type shows to perform at the Tennessee Theatre.
Also included in the scope of work was full restoration of all historic finishes, audience chamber, grand lobby and the building exterior.